Use the following guide for wildlife first aid.
You should do all of the following before you give first aid:
- make sure you are safe
- assess the animal for life-threatening processes
- gather circumstantial information.
Then follow the tables below to work out how to best help the animal.
|Option 1 - suitable for release||Option 2 - poor chance of survival|
|Animal is likely to be suitable for release.||Animal has poor chance of survival due to severe injury, excessive stress, early developmental stage or disease.|
|Apply first aid to address life threatening conditions, such as stop blood flow, stabilise injury, provide warmth or rehydrate.||Humanely euthanise.|
|Apply first aid to reduce stress - place animal in a secure holding box, move into warm, quiet place.|
Get veterinary attention for the animal. Get experienced carer advice and direction.
Following Option 1 - After vet attention and direction
|Option 1.1 - suitable for release||Option 1.2 - poor chance of survival|
|Animal is likely to be suitable for release||Animal has poor chance of survival due to severe injury, excessive stress, early developmental stage or disease.|
Last updated: 07 March 2019